OTL: Episode #85

(podcasting “from” in a top-secret area just behind the City Council chambers in City Hall) (broadcasting on the 100-watt aldermanic prerogative radio station WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann run through some news updates, they learn about an independent caucus in Chicago’s City Council, they attempt to stuff a “Best of Chicago” ballot box, and then they learn about the 60th anniversary of Israel. OTL Newsroom Updates; bidding farewell to Melissa from WLUW’s own Full on Friday, Mike’s towed-car saga continues and his letter is posted at TheExpiredMeter, another end of an era — the Spindle in Berwyn came down Adam Doster – In These Times senior editor, Progress Illinois reporter/blogger; on “Chicago’s Independent Caucus: A Year Later“ OTL: The Best of Chicago; vote early and vote often (by May 19!)… Outside the Loop RADIO for Chicago’s best podcast Debby Oshri-Pintel – executive director, Hadassah Chicago Chapter; on celebrating the 60th anniversary of Israel (segue music this week from Balkans)

OTL: Episode #77

(podcasting “from” in the middle of Dearborn Park in the South Loop) (broadcasting on the 100-watt lucky charm WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann revisit a show from last year, they learn about the South Loop neighborhood in Chicago, they discuss bars and technology, and then it’s the second edition of their Zell’s Bells series. Looking Way Back to OTL #25; we celebrate a year on the WLUW airwaves, and play a clip from Mike Butler of the Green Chicago River crew Dennis McClendon – long-term South Loop resident; about the changing face of this now-booming neighborhood (as featured in the March 13 Chicago Reader “South Loop Issue“) Mike Gets Emails from Bars; local drinking establishments take up activism ZELL’S BELLS (part 2) David Winner – President, The Lake View Citizens’ Council; on Sam Zell’s vague plans with Wrigley Field and the Cubs, and potential changes to the Lake View neighborhood (segue music this week from The Cocktail Preachers)

OTL: Episode #73

(podcasting “from” Mike’s girlfriend’s bedroom) (broadcasting on the 100-watt museum of radio love WLUW 88.7-FM Chicago) Mike Stephen and Andy Hermann present a Valentine’s themed show with a chat on human sexuality (oh my!), with a phone call to sex columnist Dan Savage (a hot man!), and then with a look into Chicago history through postcards (so sexy!). Valentine’s Day housekeeping; Mike publicly “denies” his love for NKOTB, Andy gives Mike a thoughtful holiday gift Searah Deysach – owner, Early to Bed; on human sexuality, and why we could all use some help calling the Savage Love Podcast (again); tracking down Dan Savage for our as-yet-unnamed OTL podcast feature Neil Jan Gale – director, The Chicago Postcard Museum; on tracing our history through postcards and notes (segue music this week from Pegboy)